Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that it set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2

            The past month has been eventful!  On October 23 at 7:20 PM, after thirty-one hours of labor, Ezekiel John Culp was born by caesarian.  He was 7 pounds 14 ounces and 21.5 inches long.  As I write this he is thirteen days old, 9 pounds 2 ounces, and doing great!  The Pediatrician says that he should be growing at .5 to 2oz per day, and we’re averaging just over 2oz.
            While we were in the hospital I got an email from Peter in Sudan.  Peter is the Sudanese pastor who took over the cattle camp ministry we started around Akot.  Here is part of Peter’s email:

I went to Yirol west county cattle camp which is different with our county there I told them some stories from the Bible. The verse said we are the one brother and one sister.  I went there one time and my people stop me not to go there because they are fearing of my life  .I think justin machar know more abuot Yirol west county and Rumbek east county they are fight against each other. and I went there with no fear because I know that  God is most powerful then everything.

Praise God!  When I was in Sudan, Peter talked about going to cattle camps in the surrounding counties, even though the Dinka Agaar (Peter’s tribe) and the Dinka Atuot and Nuer (the people of Yirol West) are typically fighting and killing each other.  He told me that he would go anyways, and that God would protect him, and now he’s doing it!
             Support raising is picking back up.  We had to take a few weeks off with the baby, but we’re getting started again.  We’ve had a few people drop off in the past few months, and the goal is raised to $4500/month with new expenses for the baby.  Please pray for the following items:
- That Amy and Ezekiel will get into a good feeding routine.
- That God would provide new supporters for our team.
- That we would have clear direction through some changes that are taking place.

Philippians 1:3-4,

Justin and Amy Culp